Should You Mention Your Hobbies on the CV?
For a long time, it was believed that your CV should strictly be about what is relevant to the job that you are applying for. This meant that any details besides those of your qualifications, skills and work experience were not only irrelevant but were also considered too personal to be given any space on a professional document such as the CV.
Much to our respite, the times have changed and so have the recruitment processes. The “Hobbies and Other Interests” section on your CV should not only exist but it should list out some relevant (and genuine) interests of yours that tell the recruiter more about you. However, there’s a fine line between telling the recruiter simply what you do in your free time and what your interests are. The hobbies and interests that you do put down on your CV must throw some light on your abilities as a potential hire.
What you SHOULD NOT include as interests:
Mentioning hobbies and interests such as “listening to music” or “playing sports” adds little or no value to your CV. These things don’t tell the recruiter anything about you because they’re extremely generic and do nothing to set you apart from the crowd. Moreover, speaking of hobbies such as “collecting stamps” or “playing video games” can often sound ridiculous. What would the recruiter do with that kind of information about you, anyway?
What you SHOULD write:
The interests that you mention on your CV should be relatively specific. For instance, it’s great to say that you like playing sports. But it’s certainly not enough. However, if you’ve done something worthwhile with your interest in sports (if you’ve been the captain of your college football team, for instance), then that’s something worth mentioning. Don’t just say that like to listen to music. If you’ve learnt to play an instrument, then that’s worth a mention. It speaks of the hours and years of practice and dedication that go into it. If you enjoy reading, specify the kinds of works that you like to read. The recruiter is more likely to take you seriously if you get a little more specific about your hobbies.
Secondly, your hobbies and interests should point towards some aspect of your personality that you wish to highlight, especially in the context of the role that you are applying for. If you’re applying for the role of a management trainee, then you could mention some interests, such as sports, theatre, art or music, where you have been in a leadership role and have led a team/group effectively.Your interviewer may ask you certain questions about the interests and hobbies that you have listed on your CV. This is a great way for you to drive the interview in the direction that you want it to take. Writing about your interests effectively on your CV can go a long way in telling the recruiter more about your skills and abilities, especially if you are a fresher in the job market.
Finally, you must never lie on your CV. Don’t take the risk of talking about your interest in things that you actually don’t know much about. Your interviewer could very well turn out to share the same interests and could end up asking you something about the same! Not only will that create a terrible impression and cut down your chances of getting that job, but it’ll also be a terribly embarrassing situation!
Think over your interests and hobbies carefully and make sure you give them a chance on your CV! Create a SmartProfileTM with MeraJob.in which gives you a chance to highlight those skills and preferences which you want the recruiters to notice.
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